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Opportunity sent back this view of Victoria crater after recent dust storms had receded.
NASA's twin Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity are starting to move again after being immobilized for six weeks by severe dust storms.
The storms hit in late June, just as Opportunity was poised to enter the 800-metre-wide Victoria crater, which may contain crucial geological records of past conditions on Mars.
Lofting dust high in the atmosphere, the storms blocked precious sunlight needed for the rover solar panels to generate power. Both rovers had to stop driving, and Opportunity was so starved of power that its handlers worried it might freeze to death during the cold Martian night.
Now, the storms have finally receded and both rovers are about to start driving towards much-anticipated targets.
NASA: Mars Rovers Survive Big Dust Storm
Associated Press | Saturday, September 01, 2007
LOS ANGELES — They're old and dirty, but NASAs Mars rovers are back in the exploration business after enduring a lengthy Red Planet dust bowl that blocked most of the sunlight they need for power.
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Above: NASAs Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity using
its front hazard-identification camera to obtain this image.
Originally posted by damajikninja
Nicely done! You got this one in a few days ahead of the mass media!
Still gotta read up about Phoenix... I hear it's supposed to be well equipped...
The immediate goals of the Phoenix mission are to study the geologic history of water, and to search for evidence that Mars may have sustained life. Continued research will be done to determine whether dormant organisms could come back to life. As on Earth, the past history of water is found in the subsurface as liquid water changes the chemistry of the ground substance.